How fucking disgusting can those bastards get? Neil Heslin lost his six year old child in the Newtown massacre and while he was beginning his testimony a right wing extremist gun fuck heckled him.
A false fire alarm, 45-minute waits to get into the Capitol complex, even the heckling of a bereaved parent of a Newtown shooting victim marked Monday’s day-long legislative hearing on gun control.
“The Second Amendment!” was shouted by several gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster assault-style weapons are allowed to be sold in the state.
“There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened,” said Heslin, who grew up using guns and seemed undisturbed by the interruption of his testimony.
Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney, co-chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, threatened to empty the meeting room in the Legislative Office Building – jammed with hundreds of people — if the outbursts and chatter from the audience continued.
“That wasn’t just a killing, it was a massacre,” said Heslin, who recalled dropping off his son at Sandy Hook Elementary School shortly before Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults. “I just hope some good can come out of this.”
Another father of a 6-year-old boy murdered in the shootings fought back tears as he told lawmakers to make any changes in gun laws simple.
“I don’t believe it’s so complex,” said Mark Mattioli, whose son, James, was among the first-graders slaughtered on Dec.14.
“We need civility across our nation,” said Mattioli, who appeared with his wife, Cindy, before the legislative panel. “The problem is not gun laws. It’s a lack of civility.”
Posner said her two other children, both Sandy Hook School students, are haunted by their brother’s death, especially his twin sister.
“It is our feeling that assault weapons should be comprehensively banned in the state of Connecticut,” she said. “Faster weapons equal more fatalities.”
As many as 2,000 people descended on the Capitol for the day-long hearing on gun control.
At one point, about 90 minutes into the morning portion of the hearing, a false fire alam nearly emptied the room before Capitol Police said the alarm was erroneously reported after an equipment malfunction.
State police chiefs said they support new legislation that would require background checks before every rifle sold in the state, particularly in the so-called secondary market among private owners.
The chiefs also suggested eliminating the state Board of Firearms Examiners, which reviews cases where the privileges of gun owners are suspended or revoked.
Gun manufacturers, while telling lawmakers they wanted to work with them on addressing gun control, offered little in the way of proposals.
Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation, said that gun manufacturing in Connecticut is a $1.75-billion industry with 7,300 jobs.
Keane said the organization has been working to keep guns out of the hands of people like Lanza, who first killed his mother before opening fire at Sandy Hook School with her legally purchased weapons.
Kevin Reid of Oxford, general counsel for Sturm, Ruger & Co., the gun manufacturer with headquarters in Fairfield, said while the company does not make guns in Connecticut, they use state subcontractors.
“We pump tens of millions of dollars each year into the Connecticut economy,” Reid said.
Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, replied that Connecticut firearms makers can — and should — make weapons safer.
“You may work with us to improve the safety of these firearms, so we can prevent the unauthorized access of these firearms,” Williams said.
“The reality is the technology is not mature enough,” Keane responded.
Capitol police installed metal detectors for the day and patted down all visitors, including well-known lobbyists, as part of heightened security on the day gun enthusiasts and gun-control supporters met over the volatile issue.
The line to get into the Legislative Office Building stretched 100 yards into the parking lot. As many as 1,300 people registered to speak to the committee, many wearing yellow lapel stickers identifying themselves as responsible gun owners.
During morning news conferences, a state teachers union said 85 percent of its members oppose arming teachers. Another presentation featured State Police displaying various types of weapons.
Only the freaks, sick assholes and brain dead fuckers think their guns are going to be taken away by a new law that forbids the selling of assault style weapons or huge bullet magazines ,made only to kill humans.
I think the assholes at the NRA planted those freaks in the audience. The Gun Manufacturing Industry uses any excuse to keep making their human-killing machines…jobs being their number one and the 2nd amendment being number two.
Them and I for one, will not let this issue die…sorry but I won’t. I am glad the Corporate Media doesn’t either.